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Craft becomes art when it mixes fiercely with the anxiety of its maker.  The furniture of Mark Baumgartner is more than a hands-on feat of superb design—It is mind-on in the most concentrated and philosophical sense.  These meticulous aluminum structures map the mental processes of their maker.  Each piece of joinery connects disparate elements of thought. The anxiety common to perfectionism is translated into the rigorous alignment of intellectual and psychological forces.  These willful acts of thinking/building can never be reduced to the object of their making.

Dennis Adams